Construction Week Newsletter 20th November 2004

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 20, 2004

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Mirroring the growth curve

Construction Week is one year old. And what a year it has been for both the industry, and in our own small way, for us. What has been achieved within just one year at the industry’s leading weekly newspaper is reflection of what is going on at the larger sector level. It was at the Big 5 show last year that Construction Week was introduced to the market. Like the industry it serves, it has never looked back. There has been so much that has happened in the past one year that one wonders — and even is a bit concerned — why the pace has not be slackened despite external factors that you would have expected to have some affect on the market. First there was the steel crisis. And even today, steel prices are still very much higher than they were this time last year. Then we had cement shortages and steep increases in its price. This time last year, many in the industry were looking to do well out of the redevelopment work in Iraq, but the continuing security problems made it a difficult market to develop. Nothing much stopped for the traditional summer lull; work hardly paused for the accident at the world’s largest on-going airport expansion and even Ramadan passed almost unnoticed. The construction juggernaut just rolled on. Shortages in men and equipment are now part of daily life. There is work to be done and the attitude is ‘lets just do it’. We here at Construction Week have been as busy. There has not been much rain or high water, but, I suspect, even if there had, the editorial department of the industry’s weekly newspaper would hardly have noticed. In one year, industry professionals tell us, that we have created the best news resource for construction and associated sector professionals in the Middle East. We pride ourselves in the quality of news that we provide – and that is attested to by the fact that we have already acquired a dedicated and loyal group of 10 000 signed up subscribers from within the United Arab Emirates. Going by the industry practice that a publication is read by at least four people, we can safely claim that we are read by at least 40 000 people a week. How many times have visitors to your office, picked up a copy of Construction Week and rifled through its pages? The reader profile is very high level, comprising developers, clients, project owners and upper-crust professionals in management such as managing directors, general managers, consultants, project engineers and the like. As an ever-evolving product and mirroring the growth and expansion of the sector we serve, Construction Week is moving towards new horizons. We are going to get fatter, with more pages, more stories and features from around the region. That is because we are now to publish throughout the GCC. We will now focus on all major Middle East industry players, developers, contractors, architects, consultants and specialists firms – in fact, all facets of the construction and property development sector, from financiers and bankers to academics and lawyers, to HSE, to recruitment specialists in the GCC. We invite you to partner with us to help raise awareness and operating standards in the industry. We invite you to contribute to CW; make it your industry newspaper.||**||

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